Water For Newborns???

We are a little concerned about the issue of giving newborns water. After much research we have found that although water is the healthiest liquid an older baby or adult can intake, plain water without formula can cause some concern for newborns. Before babies are taking in solids they are receiving the essential water in formula and breast milk. Too much water before this time can lead to ‘water intoxication’. Water intoxication is a process through which a baby loses sodium and electrolytes. If they are taken in too much water they will loose too much sodium. The sodium levels in their blood can be drastically reduced causing brain swelling, unresponsiveness, seizures and just plain old irritability. These symptoms will stop as soon as the electrolytes are brought back into balance in the infant’s body. When you have an infant or newborn that has become dehydrated through a bout of vomiting or diarrhea, and they need to be re-hydrated fast. Remember that babies and water don’t mix and not give water to an infant, but rather beverages such as breast milk, formula or perhaps a re-hydration solution (ask you health care professional). When a child gets a little older (on solids) coconut milk is a great hydrator. What about hot weather? During the summer your baby may need a little extra hydration between feedings. As long as you are not substituting meals for water you may offer 2 – 4 ounces of water between feedings. Signs of dehydration? http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a557531/dehydration#ixzz2bmfGvvWK dry skin or lips a sunken fontanelle (the soft spot on the top of your baby’s head) fewer wet nappies than usual sunken eyes tearless crying dark yellow urine lethargy and drowsiness rapid breathing cold and blotchy-looking hands and feet
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